Fencing Guest Masters

Dr. Gregory Chang

Gregory Chang, MD, is a 2004 fencing Oylmpian,  As a graduate of Harvard College ’97 and Harvard Medical School (HMS) ’03,  he traveled to Athens, Greece, and the Games of the XXVII Olympiad as a member of the U.S. Olympic Fencing Team, the first Harvard fencer to make a modern Olympic team in close to 70 years.

Gregory qualified for the team in men’s foil by his accomplishment at the 2004 United States Fencing Association (USFA) Division 1 National Championships and Olympic Trials held in Atlanta in April 2004. To qualify, Gregory came from behind to score eight straight touches against Jesse Schibilia of the powerhouse New York Athletic Club, winning his quarterfinal bout. As a result, Gregory earned him a spot on the Olympic team.

After completing an internship year at Cambridge Hospital, Gregory started his residency in radiology at N.Y.U. Medical Center in July 2005.  In the summer of 2003, after graduation from HMS and when not doing physical conditioning and working out, Chang and Lieberman, an associate professor in radiology at HMS, created an educational CD that teaches medical students how to interpret plain films (X-rays) of the abdomen.

His preparation for a career in medicine, teaching, and research has suffered some interruptions from his fencing passion. After enrolling in the Medical School in the fall of 1997, Chang had to put his studies on hold not once, but twice, taking a total of three years off from medical school to dedicate himself to training in Paris full time from 1998 to 2000, and again from 2003 to 2004. While at HMS, Chang often used fencing as a means to keep from burning out from school, which at times required him to complete 40- to 100-hour rotations, then jet off to World Cup competitions, often overseas.

His dedication and sacrifice make Chang just the fifth Crimson fencer to represent the United States in the summer Olympics. The last Harvard fencer to make an Olympic team prior to Chang was John G. Hurd ’34, a men’s foilist (like Chang) who represented the United States at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games held in Berlin.

“Harvard has such a long tradition of fencing, and it’s great to be a part of that history. I hope that this will bring some recognition to Harvard Fencing.”

Dr. Gregory Chang is currently an assistant professor of radiology at NYU Langone Medical Center.